• Deborah Abela is short and not very brave, which may explain why she writes books about spies, ghosts, soccer legends, WW2, and children living in a flooded city battling sea monsters and sneaker waves. Her first job was as producer and writer of a national kids’ TV show called Cheez TV, where she wrote scripts about everything from llamas to bungy jumping and how astronauts go to the toilet in outer space. She went on to write the hugely popular Max Remy series, Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) and Ghost Club series, as well as Grimsdon, New City and The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen.

    Teresa A New Australian was
    inspired by her family’s survival and migration to Australia after WW2 and The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, is about
    a shy girl whose family encourage her to follow her dreams and enter a spelling
    competition. She also has a picture book, Wolfie An Unlikely Hero.

    Deb’s won many awards for her books including a USBBY Outstanding International Book Award and the Maurice Saxby Award for Services to Children’s Literature, but she mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.

    Deborah is the NSW ARA for SCBWI Australia East/New Zealand. www.deborahabela.com

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